Mission: Impossible

Season 3 Episode 8

The Diplomat

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 1968 on CBS
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Information on U.S. missile control centers has been stolen and turned over to Valentin Yetkoff, military attache and agent of an enemy power. The IMF must keep Yetkoff from confirming the information and in fact lead him to believe it is false. To pull it off they must plant false confirmation information on Toland, using Susan Buchanan, the wife of a Presidential aide. But to make it convincing, Toland will have to get the info and cover his tracks by killing Susan using a drug overdose... putting Mrs. Buchanan at extreme risk.moreless

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  • This is another example of the many fine shows in season 3, with a very complex but compelling plot. The con is to convince the bad guys that the accurate information they have is false, by having it confirmed by two sources, one known to be unreliable.moreless

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    The enemy has received information listing the 4 cities where the U.S. missile control systems are located that would respond in the event of an enemy nuclear attack. This is a disasterous development because with the correct information the enemy will be able to take out those four cities with a first strike, and we will then be unable to retaliate.



    The plan is to convince the enemy that they have received false information. Jim poses as an enemy contact, but his credentials are not perfect. The enemy notices, and concludes that he must be an American agent. Eventually, Jim provides information confirming the information.



    On a second front, the enemy have sent Toland, an independent operator who has had substantial success, particularly in getting information from women, killing them after he has the information. He is going to try to verify the information. The IMF put him in contact with Mrs. Buchanan (Lee Grant in a special guest role), wife of a high official. He gets involved in a blackmail scheme led by Rollin and forces Mrs. Buchanan to turn over her husband's information to him -- a verification supplied by the IMF. After he has the information, he forces Mrs. Buchanan to take an overdose of sleeping pills. He leaves as she is dying, and the IMF and their doctor arrive just in time.



    The plot all comes together in the embassy. The enemy having received verification from a known American agent conclude that the verification must therefore be false. Toland also verifies the information, and the enemy thus concludes that he must have sold out to the Americans. He is killed.



    There is a major flaw in the plot. The idea is that the Americans have conspired to deliver to the enemy an incorrect list of the 4 cities where the missile defense control systems are located. Why would the U.S. ever consider doing that? To convince the enemy to launch an early strike on those 4 cities, after which we could then retaliate. If the enemy gave the matter even a minute's thought, they would have determined that the information was, in essence, self authenticating, as the Americans would not have faked it under any circumstances. In any event, they would certainly have looked very carefully at any thought that the information was not accurate.moreless
Peter Graves

Peter Graves

James Phelps

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

Alfred Ryder

Alfred Ryder

Colonel Valentin Yetkoff

Guest Star

Sid Haig

Sid Haig

Grigor

Guest Star

Donald Randolph

Donald Randolph

Everett Buchanan

Guest Star

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    • Jim: Phone company. Supposed to check your lines.
      Grigor: We did not call for a repairman.
      Jim: Well, if I don't check your lines, you won't be calling anyone.

    • Susan: Mr. Toland, I didn't want to give you the wrong impression. What happened a few moments ago had nothing to do with you.
      Toland: I'd like to believe that, but, uh, facts are facts. A beautiful woman hears my name and runs off rather than be photographed with me. You know, something like that could ruin my reputation.
      Susan: I've heard about your reputation. I don't think it could be ruined that easily.
      Toland: You're just trying to rebuild my shattered ego.

    • Toland: To leave a beautiful woman alone in Paris is a sin against nature.

    • (after Jim has heard Toland being shot in the embassy)
      Barney: Toland hasn't come out yet.
      Jim: He may be a while.

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